Chandrapur: A trickster who had worked as a pilot in Italy has duped a woman of Bhadrawati online for about Rs 11.50 lakh. Also claiming that he has sent a very expensive gift, the conman duped the woman into giving him around Rs 11.50 lakh to clear customs at the airport as well.
The 25-year-old victim came in contact with the con man in October 2022 through the social media platform Instagram. The accused had befriended the woman posing as Reshan, a pilot working in Italy.
Then he also promised to marry the woman. Later, an accomplice of this trickster called the woman in November 2022, posing as a customs officer. Then he claimed that a parcel had been sent for him from Italy, which contained very expensive iPhones, wrist watches, gold ornaments, cosmetics, handbags, and cash of about $ 1.05 lakh.
He also claimed that the parcels were collectively worth Rs 86.88 lakh, and that he would have to deposit Rs 37,000 as a clearance fee to get them released.
Woman lodged a complaint with the Bhadrawati police
This woman deposited the money immediately. However, the fraudsters, claiming to be different customs officials, continued to harass and threaten the woman to file a criminal complaint against her and her boyfriend.
He also asked the woman to deposit money in several different accounts and over time, he forced the victim to deposit around Rs 11.35 lakh in his accounts as well.
Then shortly after, also realizing that she had been duped, the woman also lodged a complaint with the Bhadrawati police, and an offense was registered against the online conmen.